Important COVID-19 Community Updates
Lake Forest and the entire state moved into Phase 3 of the Governor's "Restore Illinois Plan". Restaurants, retailers, and other businesses have re-opened with certain accommodations and restrictions. Read the details here .

It's up to everyone - business owners, employees, and customers - to ensure that safety guidelines are followed.

See who's open for business! (Courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce website .)

It is important to keep moving forward to reach the final phase of the Plan. During this "Recovery Phase", residents should continue to practice 6-foot physical distancing, wear face coverings when maintaining physical distancing is not possible, and continue to wash your hands and sanitize frequently.

Also, some City buildings re-opened with limited staffing and safety protocols in place. Other City staff will continue to work remotely. Until further notice, the City encourages residents to continue using online City services as often as possible.

The City's COVID Updates E-Newsletter will continue to be issued every Monday, Wednesday and Friday or as necessary.

Please dial 9-1-1 in case of emergencies only, and 847.234.2601 for non-emergencies.

The City's general phone line, 847.234.2600, has been restored for all other City services.

Check the City's website for additional information and continue to send any inquiries to .

Photo of City Hall courtesy of Kerri Sherman
At its June 9 meeting, the Lake County Board passed measures to aid COVID-19 recovery efforts. 

A resolution was approved authorizing an emergency appropriation of CARES Act Coronavirus Relief funds in the amount $19 million for rental, utility, food and small business assistance, as well as reimbursements of County-incurred COVID-19 expenses. 

Last month, the Lake County Board established a special committee focused on COVID-19 recovery and relief. The committee has been providing timely guidance and strategic priorities to the County Administrator for the planning and execution of the federal COVID-19 response funds provided to Lake County under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

Yesterday, the Lake County Board approved recommendations from the committee for CARES Act funding to be directed towards the following programs:
  • $10 million Small Business Assistance 
  • $4 million Rental Assistance 
  • $2 million Food Insecurity 
  • $1 million Utility Assistance
  • $2 million Lake County COVID-19 Expenses  

The Board also approved $600,000 in grants for Lake Cbounty social service organizations, funded by video gaming revenue. Visit the Lake County website for more information.
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In the coming months, when it is safe to do so, Census takers will follow up with in-person visits to addresses for which responses have not been received.

Completing the Census questionnaire is easy, secure and important. Thank you for helping Lake Forest and Illinois achieve a Complete Count!
Visit Bart the Cart often for great tips and fun information so the whole family can learn how to Rethink Recycling!

On the Resources page, there's tons of good stuff, including:
  • a handy curbside recycling guide
  • recycling app information
  • an educational fact sheet
  • a coloring page
  • a word search game
Some City Buildings Have Re-Opened
City Hall and the Municipal Services Building re-opened to the public last week, resuming regular hours: Monday-Friday from 8 am.-4:30 p.m.

The safety of the public and City employees is paramount, and residents are encouraged to continue using non-contact methods of conducting business, including online transactions, phone and email.

All building visitors and employees are required to wear a face covering, and to physical distance. The public will be asked to sign in with contact information to enable contact tracing if needed.
Waukegan COVID-Testing Site Relocates
The Waukegan site re-opened on June 4 in a new location to accommodate the restoration of vehicle emission testing at the IEPA-managed facility on Northwestern Avenue.

The new location of the Waukegan Community Based Testing Site is 102 W. Water Street. The new site is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., or until 750 test kits are completed for the day. The Illinois National Guard administers the tests, and results are provided by phone in 4-7 days. Testing is free and available regardless of immigration status. A phone number and name are required in order to receive testing results. 

All individuals are encouraged to seek testing at these Community Based Testing Sites. Additional accommodations have been made for the following individuals with or without COVID-like symptoms.
Lake County Interactive Map
The Lake County Health Department's interactive map shares the number of residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 in each municipality. According to the LCHD website, it is best viewed on a computer. You can view the map   here .
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